The CDC's Act Early campaign promotes developmental health through promoting awareness and engagement. The website contains resources and materials to help families and professionals.
Books & Videos
Dr. Jed Baker's book, subtitled "Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-Of-Control Behavior", provides parents and teachers with valuable information about how to deal with difficult behaviors in children with autism.
This book by Michael D. Powers is focused on practical and evidence-based parenting advice for parents of children with ASD.
The Autism Speaks ASD Video Glossary contains videos that illustrate many autism symptoms and warning signs and provide comparisons to typical development.
A must for autism and behavior specialists, SLPs, program directors, and early childhood special educators, the DATA Model is the all-in-one program you need to prepare young children with autism for long-term success at school and in their community.
OAN provides a variety of resources and information for Oklahoman's with autism and their families and the professionals that serve them.
Autism Speaks work at the national and local levels to promote autism awareness, science, and advocacy.
AutismOklahoma.org is a nonprofit that supports support groups and programs across the state and is a major source of advocacy and fundraising activities, including the annual Autism Piece Walk.
The Oklahoma Family Network supports families of children with special needs through "emotional support, resource navigation, and ensuring quality healthcare for all children and families through strong and effective family/professional partnerships."
Autism-related wandering prevention and response information.
In addition to providing and promoting evidence-based practices to benefit individuals with autism and their families, the Oklahoma Autism Center is actively engaged in conducting research to develop and evaluate quality, community based interventions for autism. The research programs at the Oklahoma Autism Center aim to improve the outcomes of children with autism and their families by improving learning, and promoting the successful inclusion of children with special needs such as autism.
The Oklahoma Autism Center is currently conducting two federally funded research projects investigating the effects of an early intensive behavioral intervention model for young children (Toddlers and Preschoolers) with autism. The comprehensive treatment model being studied is called Project DATA (Developmentally Appropriate Treatment for Autism) and was developed at the University of Washington, initially for preschool age children (3-5 year olds). It was later adapted for toddlers with ASD (children under age 3). The model has since been replicated in community settings by OUHSC. This model has been reviewed in Odom et al. 2009 and Boyd, et al. 2010.
The Project DATA services for Toddlers are provided at Early Foundations: Autism Model and Outreach Project and EF community sites. Both studies are designed to address concerns about previous treatment research in the area of autism. Quarterly, the children participate in comprehensive assessments to examine a wide range of outcomes (such as, cognitive, language, social, and behavioral areas). The plan is to have a larger participant pool and be able to examine outcomes when implemented in community settings
Sometimes the hardest part of dealing with any challenge is simply not knowing what it is you’re facing. We hope we can answer some of those questions here; but if you still have questions, or would like more information, please contact us here.
There is no known single cause of autism. There is good evidence for a genetic influence and promise for identifying possible environmental factors that contribute to autism. It is possible that there are multiple causes of autism and that ADS may arise from a combination of causal facts and may in fact be a cluster of multiple related diseases with different causes.
What causes autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a brain based developmental disability characterized by deficits in social reciprocity, communication, and overall adaptive functioning. ASD usually begins during the first three years of life and may begin during pregnancy. Autism affects different individuals differently and symptoms may vary greatly in type and severity.
What is autism?
The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that as many as 1 in 68 may have autism. By comparison, this is more children than are affected by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome – combined.Careful research shows that this increase is only partly explained by improved diagnosis and awareness. Studies also show that autism is six times more common among boys than girls.
How common is autism?